Conversational Cheap Shots!
TO NOTICE AND AVOID
Yikes! Here is an exposé of Conversational Cheating Tactics to notice and avoid. Read 'em and laugh--or weep if you must.
|Ad Hominem Variants||Attacking the person instead of the subject at hand|
|Sleight of Mind Fallacies|| Mental "magic" to cheat logic and fair dialog|
|Delay Tactics|| When the brain freezes, the lips flap on... |
|Question as Opportunity|| A favorite of politicians, an excuse to blather|
|General Irritants||Verbal grenades, irritants, and ploys|
What's Wrong with Multi-Level Marketing?
After witnessing the mayhem of 'MLM Madness' for far too long, the following was written as a clarion call to sanity. It has also proved handy to give to over-zealous MLM proselytizers.
Brace yourself, MLMs are awful ugly when seen up-close and with a gimlet eye!
This is a business analysis and commentary of four major problem areas with Multi-Level Marketing, AKA Network Marketing.
I) Market Saturation Just who is in charge of this here train? II) Pyramid Structure Denial is more than just a river in Egypt... it seems III) Morality and Ethics How low will people stoop when there is no one left to sell to? IV) Relationship Issues Friends as "marks" and neighborhoods as markets
Christians and Conspiracy TheoriesConspiracy theory is a world view that asserts, in essence, that a handful of superclever and ultrapowerful families are running the world. This "Illuminati" create nearly every crisis, control every government and major corporation, and are responsible for the sorry state of things all over... in general.
For anyone who has ever read Mein Kampf or is familiar with other pre-holocaust propaganda, these conspiracy theory ghost stories will sound eerily familiar. Only now, instead of "the Jews" in particular, we have a more nebulous "them" out there who are the "real enemy".
Conspiracy theory notions have so infiltrated modern prophetic teaching that it comes as a shock to many Christians to realize: 1) where they really came from, 2) that conspiracy theory is unbiblical in content, effect, and fruit, 3) why the Church has embraced these doctrines so quickly and without circumspection, and 4) the rather serious consequences of letting these spurious notions course through our heads and faith.
For Christians, this article is a "fruit inspection"--as our Lord commanded--and a call to repentance. It is time to take this idea captive, and make it obedient to Christ.
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